Wednesday, April 29, 2009

cry for help!!!

Mother Earth is crying, protesting by extreme weather condition we are now embracing. This is the first summertime that I have experienced in Manila with strong rain that caused flood in mid April.

Yesterday, I felt sad to hear that my two nephews were sick. It costs me much trouble too, to know about my niece, who is 10 months old with cough and flu. And hey, just this morning, my neighborhood that I haven't seen for a couple of days just told me that she is still recuperating from a week-in-bed of illness. Unusual climate this summer lead lots of people to become sickly. And that's why, I make sure that my kids are vitamin-loaded to fight against sickness. But is this enough? No! And what caused us to be in this condition these days?

Our nature is being abused. We all need to be aware of this. I was in despair last week when I watched the local news on how manileƱos treated the environment. The creeks were all clogged. Pasig River is being used to dump their daily garbage. How could such people treat the only floodway in Manila to use as garbage dump. Maybe this is an awakening situation, mother earth is crying out for help.

Sailing in good old Pasig River,



and now, what do you feel about this?



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my day! may day!

peanut butter, if ever you're in my arms again, chocolate, notebook, sunrise, application, planters, gifts, 3o square, rehearsals.. :D


Monday, April 27, 2009

whats in for today

What's in the hot news today? Why are my kids scared of this swine flu? My kids are so much aware about of this virus. My little daughter is browsing the web and do a little research about this virus. She even asked me not to cook pork because virus might be transfered through meat. Really? but I watched the news and it clearly says it can't easily be transfered through meat.


I have images for today. When I don't feel writing to long, I do it through todays image.

Here in Manila, ice cream is one of favorites during summer.. This is not the magnolia, selecta or nestle ice cream. We call this "dirty ice cream" and why dirty? Here's a little trivia.

"Sorbetes" is a Filipino version for common ice cream usually peddled from carts that roam streets in the Philippines. This should not be confused with the known sorbet. It is also commonly called 'dirty ice cream' because it is sold along the streets exposing it to pollution and that the factory where it comes from is usually unknown; though it is not really "dirty" as the name implies. It is usually served with small wafer or sugar cones and recently, bread buns.



You can see through their eyes how they love dirty ice cream..:) Summertime but hair seems to be blown away by summer wind.. :) Sorry for the photograph. This is one-take click photograph.



More of todays..
I cooked pork for lunch, and you guess, my little daughter did not eat it. Instead she ate the leftover chicken adobo last night, maybe because of swine flu?

Into food trip today. My older daughter doesn't care much about that news. So we both have a full lunch.. :)
Fried pork chop and pancit canton..


Need not share my recipe since this is pinoy canton and everybody knows cooking method of this "famoso de cantones de pinoy".. but I have a secret ingredient for this. I also use oyster sauce instead of soy sauce. Here's something for you I wanna share, just for a food trip..

I'm counting the calories...
I exceed my calorie limit for the day. :(


Sunday, April 26, 2009

my today, my review, my sunday

We're supposed to spend our weekend in my sister's house but it didn't push through for some reason.. my busy sister with her homework, the weather yesterday with some lightning and thunder, a little rain, and of course unplanned Sunday. We decided to reset our get-together. It's alright, everybody is not in the mood anyway. We just want this summer vacation a worthy time for us, for when school days open, it will be a busy day again, not only for my kids but also for mom like me.

Watching TV occupies most of our time at home. It's a bonding time for us. But watching TV with my younger daughter is like watching show with commentator beside you. You wouldn't fully understand what the show is all about because she keeps on giving opinion and does much of the talking more than the show. In one episode of Mel & Joey this evening, most traveled woman was featured. She has traveled 87 countries and she is 86 years old. My daughter reacted then. There are only two countries that she wanted to visit. Greece and Brazil. Brazil, because she wants chocolates, that's her reason. Well, fine, only for chocolate. She didn't elaborate about Greece. I didn't ask why, for it will be another long story again, so I keep quiet. I wanted to concentrate on TV first, it was a nice episode. This old woman being featured on the show really amazed me. She has traveled the world and has learned the culture of every country she has been visited. I hope someday, I can travel too. Another wishful thinking. :)

Switching to another TV channel during commercial break, we watched this ad for Pinoy Dream Academy. Again my little darling voiced out, "I hope I can audition too when I reach the age of 15." WHAT? Hey little baby, you're not that serious, are you? do you have that talent in singing? I never know she had this love for music. Oooh.. she must be kidding when she said that. :)

I have no image for today to share. Too lazy to take a picture. But I went online for this few minutes of writing. I hope everyone had a blessed, happy and peaceful weekend! Good night!




what's on my mind right now

After spending time in bloghopping, I found out that many moms like me enjoy blogging having themselves expressed their own life in this wall. Meeting other moms with same interest, reading and sharing problems, and other views help me cope up everyday things in such a fullfilling way of the other side of my life. Perhaps, inspiring each other as well. I knew it's quite awkward sometime to open life into public (doesn't necessarily mean all of private life) in this way, time passes by without idle time thinking about what will be my day today, tomorrow. In short, boredom that's killing me sometime has been eaten up by blogwalking.

But there is something deeper other than this boredom or sharing.
Read more..

I was supposed to close and intend to make a journal of my everyday life only for myself, but then, I choose to have another one in private and let this one opened . In private, I made letters to people but have not sent them and list down every details of my life. My blog that I have kept online are not written as clearly as the one in private but the feelings and real emotions are still there.

One way of communicating our inner selves is keeping journals. Now, I am writing more for myself using my thoughts rather than thinking words to use concerning who may possibly read my journal. I have changed this outlook, freeing myself more.

I have journals in my younger days but have burned it. The last time I went home, I found one journal which I thought I have trashed too, journal of year 1993. I reread it and smile flashed in the corner of mind. It is nice to read what I've been through day by day in that chapter of my life. After reading, i decided to trash it since it's been too many years back. I wanna keep a newer ones to review and sort through my feelings and see some flaws to reflect.

Not so nuts this time, looking for lighter and freer side of my life!


Saturday, April 25, 2009

i could have saved those pictures :(


is virtue..

After a sudden deletion of pictures from my camera, I found out that there is still a way to recover those photographs.

Here's what happened.

I consulted a friend of mine about this thing on my camera. He advised me to scan it in other computer shop with other updated antivirus specifically AVG. But because I am so impatient and ill-tempered to know what happened with my camera, I did not take his advise. I did not go to shop when another friend told me that the last option is format. So hasty and irritated me, I I did it at once. Now, my inaanak visit me home, she's an IT and also encountered the same problem. I told her what happened. She said, pictures will not be deleted right away and maybe in another files even if camera says "no image left." It could be in a hidden file and recoverable in another pc. WHAT??? recoverable?? Aaaahhhhhhh..... but I formatted it already and there's no way to recover it anymore.. Gggggrrrrr.. to myself for being so impatient. If I could have been more patient and more calm, and if only i listened to advise of a friend, I could have recovered those pictures... :'(

Whatta... :'( I'm crying about it. A lesson for me, don't be too impatient, take things slowly.
Yeah, patience is virtue.


Friday, April 24, 2009

rejected

EC rejected my request.. the reason--> cannot approve as per the TOS. Blogs must be in 100% English. At this time English is the only language allowed in EC.

If that's the reason, I might export some of my entries with filipino language to not-so-nuts blogs just to be approved by EC.


the week that was

I'm feeling a little sick now. I can't blog much of our vacation. First, the picture on which I have to post for our everyday things, including todays image were unintentionally deleted from my camera.

Last Sunday, my niece, Baby Issy was baptized. She is 8 months old and with superficial resemblance with my bro in one of the pictures that I took. I was supposed to share pictures with my brother who was not around for his little darlings christening. I captured every details of the event but I was totally dismayed when I found out that no images were left in my camera after uploading in an infected computer. I was unaware of the condition of pc. I've called my brother and informed him what had happened. I felt so sorry. Sigh. My heart cried that moment.

It wasn't actually hot summer. It rained almost half of the week. The kids really enjoyed playing badminton in the afternoon and also playing in the rain and kissing the raindrops at summertime. They can't have that in Manila, when there is a little rain, heavy flood follows. Those photos that I have captured were also included in deleted folder of my camera. :(

Nothing to share/update much since the images were gone. It was all in my memory but I can't ask any photoshop how/whatever technology/software to use to print them and connect the usb straight from my memory. Would it be possible? Just a wishful thinking. :)


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

summer blues

Yesterday was truly and overly hot! You will not feel the heat when you're inside the house, but once you step your feet outside, you will feel tremendously 35°C. Wow, you'll burn calories by too much sweating.. :D

You can have a good night sleep in a full airconditioned room but you can't stay inside forever. While the other part of the world is enjoying the melting of ice/snow at this time, we're here embracing the season, with our skin being kissed and touched by the hot sun too warm and too deep.

The kids are enjoying summer inside the room. Electric bill goes up again like a rocket.. :(

Here's something to cool you down.. Halu-halo special..

Image from Mr. Google..


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

colorful day with flip-flops

Optical shop..

"up close, a new eyeglasses"

my bestfriends, my pillars

summer blues with my flip-flops,
with the help of my little daughter playing and arranging flip-flops this way


lunch for the day

I can't blog much. It's Ate Viv Birthday!!! Happy Birthday!!!
and here's my lunch for the day..

small amount of: fish, pata, chicken, pansit, rice, afritada vegie..
(i can't think of acronym for this anymore.) :D
Total Calories: 737
Excluding Beverage


Monday, April 13, 2009

food for the day

This is not the usual kilawin or raw meat/fish. Here, "kilawin" is cooked and I use "kasim or liempo" instead of liver or lamang-loob. And if I don't, I'll end up eating my menu all alone. My kids hate liver, but they love to eat liver-spread (reno) for sandwich/bread.

So here's the menu. "Pork Kilawin."
Ingredients:
1/2 kilo pork (or depends on your choice, liver or lamang-loob)
1/2 cup palm vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 white radish
2 chili-pepper
omami seasoning
margarine or oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
Optional:
Fried Garlic

Instructions:
Cut pork and radish into strips. Marinate pork. Set aside.
Saute garlic, onion, marinated pork until lightly browned. Add water and bring to boil. Cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 20 minutes. Add radish, chili-pepper. Add vinegar. Season to taste. Salt, omami, pepper.
Garnish with fried garlic. (optional)

As usual, I have "patis with sili." Food never taste so good without this, and that bring something to my tastebud.


Oh no, Mom! not barbie bag please!!


"Im gonna buy you barbie bag baby." Mom

"Oh no, mom! Not barbie please." Maze

"And why? I thought you love it all your life." Mom

"Not anymore mom. Do you want to me to different from the rest of my classmate. Im not a kid anymore" Maze

What? Not a kid anymore? Yes, girls at this stage doesn't want to be called bata but "little or young lady." Of course i knew that she is not into barbie thing anymore. Just want to know on how she will react. I think she already knew how and what it was like in adolescent period. She is looking for a more girly thing bag this time.

related story..

She's more than excited this coming school year that she even fitted school uniform during enrollment but i said that we'll buy later baka naman madagdagan o mabawasan kaya ang weight before school days open.
I enrolled her that early for her slot will be forfeited pag di nag-enrol on scheduled date. Hundreds of waitlisted applicants are waiting for enrollment slot. She passed ET with high rank out of thousands who took the entrance test. (proud mom and that's what mothers are and will always be)

more..


because this is where changes take place in adolescence, which is a critical period of human development. also experience perhaps crushes, bullying..
i must say, during high school, i was also into hiding to schoolmates that i hated and that annoyed me for calling me skinny.. but not for life :'(


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Youtube mode


what???
OMG, lol..
this video made my day!
*****


food for the day

sausage, tortang talong, tuyo lapu-lapu, sinangag
"sautortusi"


having a baby shih tzu

The first time Magic came to us, I felt very excited, my younger daughter too, that browses a lot in the internet about shih tzu even before this Magic came to our life. As a first-time pet-owner, I was not aware that giving him a bath everyday means putting his health at risk. I thought that it was needed to make him healthy treating him like human just like baby.(how funny/stupid/weird/silly of me?) To add to a silly/ier thing, i gave him twice-a-day-bath (a day ha) last week to look good before vet clinic. That's the weirdiest thing I did! I wanted him to be fresh and clean everyday. The other reason behind is, my little daughter keeps on cuddling him and i want to make sure he is safe to play with. Little did i know that my overly protective way of pampering will make his skin/fur dry and natural oils/health defense will be removed by frequent bathing. Thanks God nothing happened to him. When we consulted vet for his vaccine I asked this thing that caused me much worries. The vet said that bathing should not be too often. Once-a-week-bath is ok and during hot summer for at most, twice-a-week-bath.

From then on, i checked the website all about shih tzu. Thanks for e-technology that in just one click, you'll get right away all the information needed. I now completely understand how delicate and how sensitive they are. Shih tzu's by nature are very loving and friendly. So if you are a working mom, you better have or adapt other breeds that need not much of your attention. Shih tzu demands much time. Separation anxiety will be the problem if you work all day leaving your pet alone.
So my Magic is in the right hand i guess.

I am now teaching him some tricks. He is still a baby, but he understands simple tricks like sit/stay. For this stage, 2-3 months, more patient is needed because these natured loving shih tzu are naughty too that he sometimes will ignore you even calling him by his name. One of his characteristics, to balance with his sweetness, is stubborness (mind of his own). So better be consistent and let him know that you mean every words that you say.

Magic is so loving. He knows he is much loved and he gives back the love in his own way. He politely sit when asked to. He looks through your eyes and wags his tail as appreciation. (i guess, i read him right) I don't expect too much from him or any harder trick for he is still a baby. Stages will come and soon before i realize, he already knew how to fetch, drop it, roll over, etc tricks. I hope, housebreaking rules too by that time.

He knows I'm blogging about him. Did he? I click the webcam but I apologized for this photograph, he is not ready for the camera and haven't brushed his hair yet. He is not photogenic too. :)

I call him baby shih tzu rather than puppy. My "babe/baby" when in sweet mode. His name "Magic" is from original owner, and "Jeek" by my daughters. That makes him confused calling him by different name that results to ignoring when called.
I'm in writing mode now.. I have all the time in the world anyway! :)


so i truly deserved this..

What did you do on Good Friday?

In observance of Holy Week, I told my kids not to use internet. And so that's the rule I set in. If we can't avoid using it, at least minimize in time for Holy Week. Came Friday, I broke the rule. I opened the inet to chikka my sister for free messaging. Justifiable, right? I told my kids I will use it only for chikka for few minutes. So to be fair.

But after chikka, I thought of opening multiply. Not valid for an excuse anymore. So there. I opened one particular album and I did not realize I was already using much time in the internet. I focussed in one of the album and moved and rearranged it. And so what happened next? I was terrified! Yes. Was dismayed when I found out that comments therein were deleted. Oh no! All sweet thoughts from my friends, birthday greetings were all gone.

I contact Multiply Support Group right away and told them what I've encountered. And this is their prompt reply to my query.

service wrote on Apr 10

Hi,

Unfortunately, comments are lost when photos are transfered from one album to another. Can you please provide me with a link to the album where the comments were lost?

Thanks
- Jack


Despite the efforts that I made, I found no way of retrieving the comments. Do you think I deserve this? So an answer to myself. I think so! Karma!

So what did you do on Good Friday? Did you devote your time for reflection or just a few hours of it?


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Yesterday, i chanced up online with my friend and had a real good chat.. hey girl, if you happen to read this, i hope we could chat longer next time. . Want to visit foreign land yet sweet home to her maybe later. I actually thought about it overnight. I cannot book ticket since I don't have concrete plan yet. and yeah, I need a quick decision to avail the lowest rate. To help me decide, my sister said she'll look after my kids, aaaaahh, contemplating.. let me think it over again.

I promised a lengthy vacation for my kids. My sisters were all waiting for us. We planned earlier to spend a day or two with my two sisters in Cavite, before heading home in Batangas.

I really want to, but what is this? We're still home in Manila for a real important reason.

Last night, we watched the movie "Ten Commandments." Despite the lengthy running time, "about 4 hours," that was finished around 2am, we eagerly watched the movie to the end. Well, the kids fully understand now the story of Moises' life and the Ten Commandments.

Today, i just finished attending to my little Magic. The lucky and spoiled Magic. An addition to family and he is much loved. After giving him a terrific bath, feeding hi-pro food, milk and vitamins, he's now in his soft bed for a nap. I'm a real good mom, right? :)

Now, my kids are still sleeping, and im in front of computer pressing the keyboard for this blog.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday... Happy Easter to all!!


Friday, April 10, 2009

my lunch

just wanna add "todays image.."
enjoy my food..
my lunch for the day..

"tosipu" with kamatis
tocino, sinangag, at pusit

i forgot... the sili and suka..
kamayan resto ini..:)

sardinas in natural oil...

i need to trade-in my cam for a more clear photograph. i need gigapixel, powershot camera, olympus or cannon will do.. wish ko lang..:'(


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

a real good time

you sure have a real good time baby..


c'mmon honey, you're not scared of the movie, are you?



Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lenten Season, Time for Reflection


Last Palm Sunday was the start of Holy Week. For Christians, Holy Week is observed by spending time for reflection. But many Christians of today are celebrating for some recreation, leisure or spend vacation in a resort. Just a moment with God no matter where we are gives deeper meaning of Holy Week. We almost forgot that Holy Week is time for reflection on Christ passion, death and resurrection.

Lenten Season, Time for Reflection. (40 days of lent starts on Ash Wednesday, February 25) I must admit, i have been frustrated, been hopeless, and full of doubts and questions in the other side of my life where I'm a failure. But then, God has a reason for all that i never knew. I asked myself for things on how my life turned out to be. I reflect and God answers me in His way.

Let us all remember that trials, worries and sufferings in our life are just a small part and not whole of our life if we reflect on how Jesus Christ save us by giving His life for us.

Have a blessed Holy Week to all!


Friday, April 3, 2009

finally

finally, maize passed the exam both written and oral. she also passed the interview. the interviewer could hardly believe of her age. she is only ten and she spoke by herself and answered the questions spontaneously..
now i'm in trouble, (help..) i promised to give my daughter a gift..

today, she's enrolled. Yahoo!! we can now have our vacation.

the kids are excited.. Yey!!

and mom (thats me) too.. :D

Magic will temporarily stay with his foster parent while im away.. :(

somebody will look after and feed my lovebirds and fishes too..

so have a happy summer day!! :)


todays image

seems like yesterday of todays... :)

i'm SO jealous//
trying to get your attention too.

another free advertisement..:D
a mouthful of brownies,
how thoughtful, how goldi..


Thursday, April 2, 2009

todays image


for the love of magic..

free ad?.. i should get paid for this...
langhap sarap,
bida ang saya..


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

april

The first of April, some do say
Is set apart for All Fool's Day;
But why the people call it so
Nor I, nor they themselves, do know,
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment.
[--Poor Robin's Almanac (1790)--]